Steve Clay named Lincoln’s new council chairman

Posted Nov. 15, 2011, at 9:04 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — An old hand at running Town Council meetings, Steve Clay was unanimously elected council chairman during a brief organizational meeting Monday.

The council voted 7-0 to name the former chairman, the only new member of the council elected during the recent election, the council’s spokesman, leader and meeting moderator. No one else was nominated.

Clay, who returned to the council after opting not to run in November 2010, said he found it easy to step back into his old job.

“I really felt like I hadn’t missed a beat, as far as running the meeting. I don’t mind it, taking it back,” Clay said Tuesday.

The 38-year-old funeral home director was elected in 1998 and had served as chairman since 2005. He and Councilor Marscella Ireland ran for election earlier this month in unopposed races. They and other councilors were sworn in on Monday night.

Clay earned 1,030 votes in his quest to replace his younger brother, Samuel Clay, who opted to run for the RSU 67 board of directors as a write-in candidate and lost, garnering 97 votes. Ireland, who serves on the council with her husband, Michael, earned 999 votes.

Steve Clay replaces Rod Carr as chairman. Carr was named vice chairman with a 6-1 vote. Councilor Michael Ireland, who nominated Councilor Curt Ring as vice chairman, voted to oppose Carr.

Councilors gave Samuel Clay a plaque honoring his service. Clay, 28, responded by shaking hands with every councilor and town worker in the room.

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